Inside: Here are 7 fabulous Mother’s Day ideas for your kids or grandkids to make! Arts & crafts, chocolate sauce, lemon sugar scrub, lip balms, books about moms, and more!
Mother’s Day Ideas
Mother’s Day is almost here! A wonderful holiday that has been celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May since 1908. It all started when Anna Jarvis honored her own mother by implementing the Mother’s Day International Association. Then in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday!
Here are some interesting facts about Mother’s Day:
- It’s the 3rd highest selling holiday for flowers
- Mother’s Day is the busiest day for restaurants
- More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day
- The most popular gift given to moms is greeting cards!
Check out these fun Mother’s Day ideas and activities to make with your kids and grandkids for their moms!
#1 Making a Paper Floral Wreath
Make a floral wreath for mom!
This beautiful wreath is made from paper plates and decorative paper—that’s it!
I saw a demonstration of how to make these flowers by Mandy Culver of @thecolorfulartteacher and @theartofed. I helped our grandkids (ages 9,7,4) to construct the flowers. After a few times, they got it!
Suggestion: make 15 flowers for each wreath plus a few leaves. Once your flowers are made, hot glue them to a Styrofoam wreath.
- 10” Round Styrofoam floral ring
- Ribbon 2-3” wide to wrap around the Styrofoam wreath (optional–if your wreath is green, you don’t need the ribbon)
- Thin, white paper plates
- Decorative and plain colored papers—lightweight (not cardstock)
- Tempera or acrylic paints
- Hot glue gun
- Wind the 2-3” ribbon around the Styrofoam wreath if your wreath is white. Hot glue the ends.
- Check out Mandy Culver on IG: @thecolorfulartteacher and watch her video on making paper flowers or follow my directions above
- Take a thin paper plate and cut out the center—save the center to make leaves
- On the outside edge, make cuts around the entire plate about 1” apart. Cut ONLY to the edge leaving about ¼” on the inside edge
- Starting on the right edge, roll (not fold) the paper plate until the entire plate is rolled
- Tape the end
- Gently pull back each paper plate section to form the flower
- Dot paint with tempera or acrylic paints
- Sprinkle glitter
- Gently stuff the center of the flower with small pieces of print fabric
- To make the floral paper or colored paper flowers: fold a 5”x12” piece of paper lengthwise. Make cuts on the folded side, 1” apart. Roll up; tape and pull back each piece of paper to create a flower. Each flower petal will have an enclosed loop.
- Cut out leaves from the center of the paper plate or on different shades of green paper.
- Hot glue the flowers and leaves on the wreath (adult supervision)
#2 Homemade Mother’s Day Cards
As mentioned above, greeting cards are the most popular gift for mothers! Here is a fun and simple Mother’s Day card that uses recycled paper, spin art, Kwik Stix, dot markers, stickers, buttons, and pastel-colored drinking straws.
To make it special—have your kids/grandkids write a personal note to their moms to attach to the back of the card.
We used white cardboard hands as the flowers. There are many ways to decorate these. For instance:
- Do a spin art design using a lettuce spinner and paint
- Color with Kwik Stix and dot markers and add floral stickers or colorful buttons
We made our vase from a recycled weaving project we did 2 years ago.
Last, glue the vase and hand-flowers on a piece of poster board; add the straws for stems attach the note on the back, and you’re done!
One of many great Mother’s Day ideas that she will love!
- 11×14 poster board (Dollar Store)
- Paper handprints (3 per child—Dollar Store)
- Recycled paper from other projects
- Acrylic paints (for spin art)
- Lettuce spinner
- Kwik Stix markers
- Flower Stickers
- Colorful buttons
- Dot markers
- Drinking straws
- Decorate the handprints. Keep in mind that they are flowers.
- For spin art—place the handprints in a lettuce spinner; squirt on 3 different colors of paint and spin!
- Color the handprints with dot markers, Kwik Stix markers, and add buttons or floral stickers
- Cut out a vase template from a recycled project—we used a weaving project that we cut up into vases
- Position the handprints, the vase, straw stems, and leaves on the posterboard; glue in place
Don’t forget to have your child/grandchild write a note to their mom and attach it to the back of the card.
#3 Mother’s Day Ideas: Lemon Sugar Scrub
Busy moms need pampering! And there’s nothing like being pampered with a sweet-smelling lemon scrub when taking a shower or bath.
Scrubs are fabulous—I’ve been making them for 20 years. They are easy for kids to make, inexpensive, and will smell wonderful on your mom’s skin.
Here are a few tips when using homemade sugar scrubs:
- Scrubs unclog the pores. They exfoliate dead skin cells and prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming
- Using fresh ingredients ensures that the final product is free from harmful chemicals found in commercial scrubs
- For moms—use a scrub 2x/week.
All scrubs use something that exfoliates the skin—such as sugar, oats, or cornmeal. And they need a binding ingredient such as coconut, almond, apricot, or grapeseed oil. In this recipe, we’re using sugar and coconut oil—both fabulous for the skin!
Check out my fun chocolate Halloween sugar scrub!
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup melted coconut oil
- 10-15 drops lemon essential oil (Young Living or doTERRA are both excellent)
- Lemon zest from 1-2 lemons
- Melt coconut oil in the microwave
- Place sugar and melted coconut oil in a bowl
- Mix together
- Add lemon essential oil and zest. Mix well
- Scoop in plastic jars
- Take the scrub in the shower and rub gently over wet skin. Rinse off.
- Put the jar in the refrigerator between uses—a cold scrub gives an added lift!
#4 Fun Mother’s Day Ideas: Mango Butter Lip Balm
Lip balms are easy to make and perfect for keeping mom’s lips soft and hydrated.
I use a ready-made solution that you melt in the microwave. Once melted, just add a fragrance, essential oil, or coloring and pour into a small tin.
Let your kids or grandkids smell and choose what fragrance or essential oils they want to add. Some of our favorite fragrances include lemon zinger, applejack, pixie dust, Polynesian red, or vanilla cream. Or, you can add an essential oil such as lavender, cinnamon, orange, tangerine, or peppermint.
I purchase all the ingredients and tins from Majestic Mountain Sage. It’s a great place to buy DIY beauty supplies.
- 1 jar Mango Butter Lip Solutions
- 0.25 oz Screw Top Tin
- Fragrance or essential oils—3ml
- Lip balm color (optional)
- Melt the mango butter lip solution in the microwave. Do NOT melt the entire jar—just approximate how much you will need. You can put any leftovers back into the jar
- Add either 3ml fragrance or essential oil. Stir
- Optional: add lip balm color and stir
- Pour into the tin
- Let set
- Package in a chiffon bag
#5 Hot Chocolate Sauce—More Yummy Mother’s Day Ideas!
Mother’s Day isn’t complete without a bit of chocolate!
According to scientists, consuming chocolate releases endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin in our brains giving us that warm fuzzy feeling!
In another blog, I posted a recipe for this fabulous hot chocolate sauce that I’ve been making for over 30 years. Click here to get the recipe.
And, since it’s Mother’s Day—wrap it in a beautiful antique handkerchief or tea napkin. Both will make an elegant presentation for mom!
#6 Mother’s Day Ideas: Creating Wooden Flower Bouquet
These are super easy Mother’s Day ideas. You just need wooden flowers, paint, washi tape, and an egg carton.
Let your kids/grandkids paint the wooden flowers with tempera or acrylic paints. When dry, add pieces of washi tape over the flower and make the center of the flower from a piece of an egg carton. It’s perfect for last-minute Mother’s Day ideas!
- Large wood flowers (Dollar Store)
- Tempera paints
- Spring washi tape
- Egg carton
- Wood dowels
- Hot glue gun
- Paint the wood flower using tempera or acrylic paints
- Let dry
- Tear the washi tape into different lengths and cover the flower
- Cut out a section of the egg carton and glue in the middle of the flower. Glue a button in the center of the egg carton.
- Glue a wooden dowel to the back of the flower for the stem
#7 Mother’s Day Books
Here are some fun Mother’s Day books that you fill in the “blanks” of information about your mom. A great personalized Mother’s Day gift!
- Mom, I Want to Hear Your Story by Jeffrey Mason
- Why a Daughter Needs a Mom by Gregory Lane
- You’re Mom: A Little Book for Mothers by Liz Climo
- Mom, I Wrote a Book About You by Lara Lang
- A Little Book About My Amazing Mom by Frank Eggers
- All About Mom: A Prompt Book for Kids to Complete
Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms in the world!
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